Wednesday, November 26, 2014

small business saturday: richmond, va

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every year, i spend thanksgiving in richmond, va with my family, which means i'm also here for small business saturday. growing up here, there's a few classic spots i always like to stop by whenever i'm i'm in town, and since i've left i've also discovered some new spots that i wish i could visit more often. the obvious plan of attack for small business saturday in richmond is to just stroll down cary street and stop in wherever catches you eye, but there's plenty of other great places to shop small scattered around the city. i've included some of my favorite carytown stores (starting from cary court and working your way down) and some other not-to-be-missed shops. and let me know if there's anyplace i need to check out!

for the love of chocolate
handmade delicacies, five and dime classics, and all your favorites from your european study abroad
3136 west cary st, richmond, va 23221

need supply co.
artfully cool yet understated with a denim selection to knock your socks off
3100 west cary st, richmond, va 23221

gently used designer clothing at a fraction of the retail price
3118 west cary strichmond, va 23221

clementine's little sister with more budget-conscious prices 
3010 west cary strichmond, va 23221

second debut
the fancy goodwill; this is where all the best stuff gets sent. you never know what you'll find 
3114 west cary strichmond, va 23221

"cool stuff for all breeds of humans"... think quirky cards and home goods
2924 west cary strichmond, va 23221

world of mirth
toys, t-shirts and tchotchkes (with a sense of humor) as far as the eye can see
3005 west cary strichmond, va 23221

quirk gallery
jewelry, art and home goods with all the color and fun of pop art
311 west broad st, richmond, va 23220

the hip, dirty thrifts your 90s grunge dreams are made of
723 west broad strichmond, va 23220

deep groove records
my favorite record store ever. great selection of old and new, plus the nicest people behind the counter
317 north robinson st, richmond, va 23220

the shops at 5708
an eclectic group of little shops all under one roof with everything from monogrammed coozies to fine jewelry. the place to shop for all the "very richmond" relatives in your life
5807 patterson ave, richmond, va 23226

yesterdays heroes vintage
perfectly worn in leather goods, old school pendletons, and the occasional piece of mod furniture. bonus: it's across the street from lamplighter coffee
105 south addison st, richmond, va 23220

Sunday, November 23, 2014

small business saturday: greenville, sc

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if my inbox is any indication, i can do all of my black friday shopping before thanksgiving and from the comforts of my own home...which is fine with me. sleeping in and seeing my family? yes please. i'm just kind of over the whole day-of consumer chaos. but one thing i can actually get excited about is small business saturday. american express helped launch this phenomenon into the mainstream about four years ago, and it's a great motivator to get out of your amazon-prime comfort zone and support your local community. plus, if you have family visiting from out of town, it's a really fun way to spend time showing them around your stomping grounds instead of just hanging out at the mall all day. sadly, i won't be in greenville to support the small shops here, but if was i would definitely check out:
hand-painted furniture and eclectic home goods
11 lois ave, greenville, sc 29611
muse shoe studio
kitty flats, pumps and fine leather goods? treat yo self!
2222 augusta st, greenville, sc 29605

traveling chic boutique 
party dresses, aztec sweaters and everything in between
122 north main st, greenville, sc 29601

charleston cooks
grab some bloody mary mix or sign up for a cooking class
200 north main st, greenville, sc 29601

custard boutique
the hippest boutique downtown with a refreshing take on southern style
718 south main st, greenville, sc 29601

we took to the woods
like a pinterest board come to life, your go-to for the rustic cabin life
106 east stone ave, greenville, sc 29609

horizon records
snag some greatest hits or pick up pitchfork's latest darling
2 west stone ave, greenville, sc 29609

urban digs
plants, home decor and lovely little knick knacks from local makers
215 wade hampton blvd, greenville, sc 29609 

community tap
eat, drink and enjoy the game. plus, take home a growler for later
217 wade hampton blvd, greenville, sc 29609

Saturday, November 15, 2014


what are you up to this weekend? with the cold front that’s blown through, i think i’m just going to camp out on the couch with a blanket, the dogs and our newly reactivated netflix account. if you’re looking for a good movie to  to cure your pre-winter blues, i highly recommend chef. i had been meaning to post about it a while ago, but it slipped my mind until i came home and saw that justin had gotten the soundtrack on vinyl the other day.

if there’s one word to describe this movie, it’s feel-good. sure, it starts out with a bit of mid-life crisis / career turmoil, but it’s nothing you can’t relate to. chef carl casper has lost his spark, and after making a total ass of himself on social media, he just can’t take it anymore. so he goes back to his roots (warm, sunny miami) to rediscover his love for food…which also happens to coincide with my love for sandwiches. he ends up opening a food truck that serves cubanos with his right-hand man and son. after the initial turmoil, the back half of the movie runs like a happy-go-lucky montage as they drive the truck across the country. the film is a really good time, peppered with just the right amount cliches to not be cheesy (think father-son bonding) and fun appearances from some much loved actors (bobby cannavale from boardwalk empire, john leguizamo (moulin rouge), dustin hoffman, scarlett johansson and robert downey jr.) and full disclosure, don't want this movie on an empty stomach because the food shots will leave you drooling.

best of all, if you want to keep your warm, sunny vibes going, you can find the recipe for chef carl’s mojo pork cubano sandwich—specially developed by food truck king roy choi—here. and check out the trailer below: 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

holiday fairs

it's hard to believe, but it's already time to start thinking about christmas shopping. i don't know about you, but i love the thrill of searching high and low until you find that special, meaningful gift for someone. combine that with the rush i get off of bargain hunting, and the way i feel about christmas is probably how a lot of people feel about going to vegas. so, i've had my ears to ground for any upcoming holiday specials, and it looks like there's a few on the horizon.

urban digs announced a block party at stone's point via instagram. if you're looking for some greenville-made goods, this is pretty much your one-stop shop. community tap has everything you need for the craft beer/wine lover in your life from growlers to game of thrones brews to tshirts. urban digs has an eclectic mix of plants, cute coffee table books, baby gear, and handmade jewlery from a variety of local artists. and dapper ink and billiam jeans offer locally printed tshirts and locally sewn jeans. plus, methodical coffee will be on-hand to bring tidings of comfort and coffee. 

block party at stone's point
november 15th at 5 pm
201 wade hampton boulevard, greenville, sc 29609

indie craft parade recently announced their holiday fair and it's new location. i went to the one in the village last year, and it was so much fun. it's a great chance to get the indie craft parade experience on a more low-key scale. the holiday fair features one-of-a-kind gifts from past parade participants; and this year, it's being held downtown in one of the galleries at the greenville county museum of art. you'll be able to stock up on greeting cards, art, kitchen wares, jewelry and even some spice rubs. i can't wait — i'm definitely planning to snag a few items i had to skip at this year's parade.

indie craft parade holiday fair
december 6th at 10 am
420 college street, greenville, sc 29601

the station is having their first-ever holiday flea in the village of west greenville. stop by during first fridays on december 5th, and they'll be open late from 6 - 9 pm. you can grab some thoroughfare food truck to snack on while you shop printed holiday cards from sunny mullarkey studio and gorgeous wreathes and air plant ornaments from suzie of statice floralplus, wirewood music will be playing some tunes, and kate dinatale vintage will be having a pop-up shop. and if you can't make it friday night, the girls will be open again all day saturday.

the station
1172 pendleton street
greenville, sc 29611

swamp rabbit cafe & grocery will also be having a series of holiday fleas. first up is their food flea on december 6th from 11 am - 3 pm. gnosh on some snacks you can actually feel good about from area farmers and cooks, all made with love and local ingredients. the following weekend, they'll also be having a holiday flea with local artists and vendors. i've been to a flea or two of theirs in the past, and they have everything from homemade dog treats to beautiful glass sun catchers. plus, the grocery is open for gifts and lunch, as well!


this isn't really a fair, but shindig furnishings is also having their grand opening this weekend. (remember i won those awesome vintage tumblers off their instagram?) if you've been drooling over the mad men sets for years, you have to check them out. their selection is great and the team that curates the store is super nice. asada will be dishing up food and community tap will be pouring drinks, so it should be a good time!

shindig furnishings grand opening
november 14th at 6 pm
542 rutherford road, greenville, sc 29609
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

weekend edition: asheville, nc

a few weekends ago, our friends seth and katelyn drove down from raleigh, nc and met us for a weekend in asheville. we ended up having a lot of firsts on this trip, and i loved getting to mix some new things in with our favorite spots. we stayed in our first-ever air bnb, a cute little apartment that was just a short walk from downtown. i loved having room to spread out — being able to hang out in the living room instead of being crammed in a hotel room with your bed and luggage — and it was nice being able to make coffee and breakfast in the morning, too.

we started off saturday with lunch at white duck taco shop. i had heard great things about this place, and luckily we got there right before the lined started getting crazy. i figured i could get traditional tacos anywhere, so i went for some of the fusion options — bangkok shrimp and korean beef. both were packed full of flavor, and i was really glad i tried something new and different, no regrets here. we also got the chips and queso (yum!) and the side of cow boy beans, which no one had room left to eat.

we usually always try to hit highland brewing when we're in asheville, but they were closed for a private event that weekend. that forced us out of our comfort zone, but luckily we discovered some great new spots. first up was hi-wire brewing, which was pretty close to downtown asheville. i absolutely loved the vibe in here — it looks like it's housed in an old garage. they had the doors rolled up which let a warm breeze and sunlight come through. katelyn and i went for the lager, and the boys tried the red ale...but i think the lager was the winner, though.

right down the street was ben's tune-up, a sake bar. we decided to pop in on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. justin got a traditional sake and i got the special, an apple cider. they had a huge outdoor seating area, and the booths were made from old car seats. they also had some great live music going, and the menu looked worth trying, but we were still full from lunch, so we'll have to go back. 

after that, we made our way over to burial beer co. this is my new favorite spot in asheville...think of it as a faulkner-inspired bar. there's rusty old saws on the walls and farming tools for the beer taps. and there was even a poet pecking away at his typewriter, which added some unique white noise. plus, the bar tenders were super friendly and the beer was excellent. A+ all around.

at that point, it was getting later in the afternoon, so i didn't get quite as many pictures once the sun went down. we finally made it to greenman brewery (we love jack of the wood bar in downtown asheville) and popped into french broad chocolates for some samples. then, we thought we were going to the wicked weed, but we actually ended up at the funkatorium, which is their sour tasting room. the sour beers weren't really our thing, but the food was top notch. we had an amazing cheese plate and bleu cheese coleslaw. we'll have to hit the actual wicked weed next time. for dinner, we went by jack of the wood for fried chicken sandwiches, then made our way over to the orange peel to see jimmy eat world on their ten-year anniversary tour for futures. we used uber x to get home, another first, and it was so cheap! only $6 + tip. our driver was really nice and the car very clean. definitely a great option for getting around after sampling beer all day. for sunday breakfast, we went to a cute little cafe right by our air bnb called city bakery for some biscuit sandwiches. i feel like with the fall weather, the beer and the concert, we really got to show seth and katelyn the best of what asheville has to offer. do you have a favorite asheville spot? i'd love to hear!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014


sorry for the lack of posting recently! we adopted another dog and have been busy nursing him back to health...and keeping an eye on the little mischief maker. he's already escaped three times (twice by jumping fence, once by wiggling out of his cone and trying to rip out his neutering stitches), so he earned himself the name of harry houdini. but other than that, he's a real sweetheart and it seems like he and bandit will be good friends. poor little guy was in some rough shape when we got him, so i'll post some more details on the adoption and recovery process once he's back in top form.

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